ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan army mocks India after victory

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday by defeating India by 180 runs

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Current Affairs : Pakistan Army has mocked India after the country’s resounding victory in the Champions Trophy cricket final, sharing photos of celebrations in restive Balochistan with a caption “To whom it may concern’. Lay off”.

After posting photos of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa with victory sign and soldiers dancing over Pakistani triumph over India at the Oval, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor shared pictures from Balochistan where people were celebrating the victory.

“And this is Our Balochistan. ‘To whom it may concern’. Lay off,” he wrote along with photos.

The pictures were apparently in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech last year in which he had raised the issue Pakistan’s atrocities on people of Baluchistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India.

“And this is………Srinagar!!” he wrote.

In another tweet, he said, “Valiant soldiers of Pakistan congrat Team Pak & Nation. United we shall defend Pak against all threats our enemies hatch.”

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday by defeating India by 180 runs.

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Olympics could be big failure amid crisis: Rio Governor

Olympics could be big failure amid crisis: Rio Governor

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Rio de Janeiro’s interim Governor Francisco Dornelles has admitted the upcoming Olympic Games could be a “big failure” if there were no appropriate measures taken in regards to security and transport.

Dornelles declared an unprecedented “state of public calamity in financial administration” earlier this month with less than 50 days until the opening ceremony, which could threaten “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016“, Xinhua news agency reported.

Brazil’s federal government has already reportedly agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.

However according to Dornelles, the funds have not yet reached the state.

Dornelles also warned that due to lack of money, the police patrols may came to a halt by the end of the week.

“I am optimistic about the Games, but we have to show the reality,” he said in an interview on Monday with state-media media Globo. “We can make a great Rio Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure.”

“We have to give proof that we are equipping security and the mobility for people to come to the country.”

Dornelles’ remarks are in sharp contrast with other higher-level Brazilian officials who always repeat that the games would be unaffected by the various political and economic problems ravaging the host nation.

The games are slated to start on August 5.

Trump targets to raise $10 million

Trump targets to raise $10 million

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The campaign of Donald Trump, presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party, has set a target of raising another $10 million by the month end, according to an email sent on Monday.

Over the last few days, the Trump campaign raised $11 million, it said adding it is working to “shatter records” by raising another $10 million in the remaining four days of June.

The mass email seeking funds was sent by his son Eric Trump, who described it as the most ambitious fund raising campaign yet.

Hillary Clinton‘s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying,” the junior Trump wrote in his first fund raising email.

A real estate tycoon from New York, Donald Trump had self-funded his campaign during the primary elections. He started raising money for the general election in May.

In May, Clinton out-raised him. However, Trump argues that he started fund raising only in the last few days of May.

The Trump campaign says its fund raising activities have gained pace this month.

“The truth is we did better than $11 million and no amount of spin from Crooked Hillary’s machine can change that fact. We cannot let them get away with this,” Eric Trump said.

“That’s why we set another Trump-sized goal. We are working to shatter records again this week — by raising another $10 million before the Federal Election Commission’s 2nd quarter fund raising deadline this Thursday at midnight. Afterwards, our results will be covered heavily by the media,” he wrote. Read More

Clinton boasts double-digit lead as support for Trump plunges

Clinton boasts double-digit lead as support for Trump plunges

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is holding a 12-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump as support for the latter tumbled in the past month, a poll released on Sunday showed.

Clinton enjoys 51% of support among Americans, up by seven points from May, compared to Trump’s support at 39%, which is down by seven points, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

This is Clinton’s biggest lead over Trump since last fall and is a dramatic reversal from the May poll, in which Trump led Clinton slightly by 46% to 44%, Xinhua news agency reported citing the poll.

The poll discovered that 56% of American voters believe Trump stands against their beliefs, while 64% said Trump does not have the necessary credentials to be president.

Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows to 10 points by 47% to 37%, when the two third-party presidential candidates were mentioned in the poll.

Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson gains 7% of support, while Green Party’s Jill Stein garners only 3%, according to the poll.

The controversial comments on women, minorities and Muslims made by Trump may have contributed to his recent slide in the poll, as the majority of American voters regard them as biased.

Overall, 66% of Americans think Trump’s remarks as “unfairly biased,” while only 29% said they are “not unfairly biased”.

Even among the Republicans, 41% think Trump’s remarks are “unfairly biased”, while 53% said they are “not unfairly biased”.

Trump has been criticised recently for publicly attacking a Mexican-Americanjudge overseeing the Trump University fraud case. Read More

Chile manager Pizzi labels Messi as ‘the best player of all time’

Chile manager Pizzi labels Messi as ‘the best player of all time’

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Soon after guiding Chile to their second straight Copa America Centenario title, manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has lavished praise on Argentina star striker Lionel Messi and described him as the ‘best player of all time’.

Pizzi’s announcement came right around the same time when Messi was announcing his retirement from international football following his country’s 2-4 defeat at the hands of Chile in Copa America.

Although Messi missed his crucial penalty kick in the final match, Pizzi’s opinion about his fellow countryman remains the same.

Admitting that he admires Messi, Pizzi believes it is very difficult to match the numbers that the Barcelona striker achieved during his career.

“Because I know what it means to value certain numbers and Messi’s numbers are unmatched, and I don’t think they will ever be matched because it’s impossible for a player to find the things that Messi finds,” Pizzi was quoted as saying by Goal.com.

The Chile coach also praised his side’s successful defense of the Copa America title and said that his players helped them to become a strong national team, which can compete even with the best.

After both sides failed to score goal in regulation time and extra time, Chile and Argentina were taken to penalties to decide the winner.

Messi, who was making his 112th appearance for the national side, missed his spot-kick in the dramatic penalty shootout as Argentina lost their fourth major final in nine years.

Before two successive Copa America final defeats by Chile, Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany. Messi’s side had also suffered defeat against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final. Read More

Brexit impact: 10 things to know about the political storm in UK

Brexit impact: 10 things to know about the political storm in UK

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Even as Britain is coming to terms with its electorate’s vote to exit the European Union(EU), political turmoil in the UK has escalated too.

While the European Union has asked UK to initiate the exit process swiftly, Scotland could throw a spanner in the works as it had voted to ‘remain’ in the EU. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is facing a revolt from its senior leaders, even as uncertainty prevails over Prime Minister David Cameron’s successor. Cameron quit the day the results of the Brexit referendumcame in, leaving it to his successor to deal with what will likely be a messy exit.

Here are 10 things to know about the political crisis that has hit the UK.

Scotland’s threat

Scotland is said to be considering a referendum to be independent from UK if Britain actually manages to exit the EU. The move is said to be under consideration after the nation voted to ‘remain’ in the EU. Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has also threatened to block Brexit, stating that the decision will need the consent of Scotland’s semi-autonomous Parliament.

Filling the void

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that he will step down from the office in three months and that a new leader will take over by October. The Conservative Party has been in a huddle, scouting for a replacement to the PM soon, amid uncertainty over next plan of action for the country. Some reports indicate ex-mayor Boris Johnson, who favoured the ‘Leave’ campaign, could be his successor. Read More

VW emissions scandal: South Korea issues arrest warrant against company executive

VW emissions scandal: South Korea issues arrest warrant against company executive

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A South Korean court on Friday issued the first warrant for the arrest of a Volkswagen AG executive in connection with its cheating of vehicle emissions tests, in another blow to the German automaker’s efforts to move on from the scandal.

The warrant is the first to be levelled against a Volkswagen executive anywhere in the world after the firm in September admitted to using software to falsify pollution tests on some diesel cars, spurring legal action in the United States, Germany, South Korea and elsewhere.

“This is just the beginning of the investigation,” an official at the prosecution office said, declining to be named because the investigation was ongoing.

The Volkswagen Korea executive, identified by his last name Yun, faced five accusations including fabrication of documents and violation of the Air Quality Preservation Law, Seoul Central District Court spokesman Shin Jae-hwan said.

“The court acknowledges the reason and the necessity of the arrest,” he told Reuters, declining to give further details or name the executive.

A Volkswagen Korea spokeswoman declined to comment.

South Korea has taken a particularly hard line against the automaker, filing a criminal complaint against two other executives, fining it 14.1 billion won ($11.97 million) and ordering it to recall 125,522 vehicles.

About 4,400 Korean consumers also have filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen and sister marque Audi demanding compensation over the false emissions claims.

Sources in the United States on Thursday said Volkswagen would pay more than $10 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners and fund efforts to offset pollution.

The South Korean arrest warrant comes after German prosecutors on Monday said they were investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and another executive over whether they effectively manipulated markets by delaying the release of information about the test cheating.

South Korean prosecutors would cooperate with their counterparts in Germany and the United States, the official said in Seoul.

The scandal has triggered a slide in Volkswagen’s share of Asia’s No.2 diesel car market, where it competes with dominant domestic players Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors.

Volkswagen said in April it would set aside 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) and slash its dividend to cover the costs from the scandal. Read More